It is an exciting time to be in Irving! As a school system, we continue our journey to create numerous opportunities for our students to succeed. Those of you who are joining me on this mission are all a part of TEAM IRVING.
In the time that I have been in Irving, I have witnessed renewed excitement and a transformation of beliefs throughout our school district. Perhaps more now than ever, our teachers believe in their kids, believe in themselves, and believe in each other. That's the power of a team and the impact we’re having as TEAM IRVING.
As you'll read on the pages of our website, Irving ISD has a number of programs designed to help students reach their maximum potential and achieve their dreams. From our individualized instruction tools to our attendance initiative and career programs, we are finding ways to focus on the specific needs and interests of every child.
At the high school level, we have opened a newcomer academy for students new to the country, and we have expanded our Signature Studies programs that offer career and job-ready skills. At the elementary and middle schools, we have sharpened the curriculum to ensure students have the academic foundation needed to successfully move into the next level of their education. And at all levels, we are recruiting adults to mentor students one-on-one. Through mentoring, students build confidence, communication skills and usually perform higher academically. I invite you to join TEAM IRVING and consider making a difference in the community by mentoring a student in Irving ISD.
There are benefits of being a large school district with more than 35,000 students. We have the resources we need to provide students with opportunities for hands-on learning and the funding to retain a talented faculty. But we know that all 35,000-plus kids have a name, have individual needs and have a unique story. That's where our focus lies: the unique student with specific and personal needs. That's the heart of TEAM IRVING.
I'm proud to serve the students of Irving ISD and the greater Irving community, and I thank you for your support. When you advocate for our public schools, you contribute positively to our entire community and future workforce. You make us stronger.
Enjoying the journey, I am
Jose L. Parra, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools